Aquino defies doctor, refuses weeklong rest

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AGAINST the advice of his physicians, President Benigno Aquino 3rd has refused to have a weeklong rest and instead would take a three-day leave beginning Friday, Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

Valte, in a press briefing also on Friday, said a long rest “is a luxury that the President does not have.”

“So, he will be okay with three days,” she stressed.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona has insisted that Aquino should take at least a week of rest every quarter.


“That advice has always been given by Secretary Ona. From what I understand, from a long time ago from our discussions, he’s always been saying that it would be ideal — the rest would be ideal for a week every quarter,” Valte further said.

During his rest, the Palace official also maintained that the president would still take calls and receive updates on the exodus of people to the provinces during the Holiday break.

“Knowing the President, he will take advantage of the fact that he has some peace and quiet but he will still take calls, of course. He will insist on continuing to get updates, especially doon sa pagbalik po after the break. We’re expecting the exodus for the New Year weekend beginning later this afternoon and iyong pabalik naman would be on January 1, beginning in the morning. So knowing the President, he will insist on continuing to get updates,” she added.

Besides Ona, President Aquino has another physician looking after him. But Valte refused to identify the chief executive’s personal doctor upon the latter’s request.

Aquino’s “domestic” break will end on Sunday, after which he will resume his duties for Rizal Day.

Normally, the president spends his rest at the Mansion House in Baguio City, during which he usually gets to be checked by his doctor.

“The President gets regular and periodic checkups. Hindi lang po iyan dahil nagpapahinga siya but, normally he has a schedule for that,” Valte said.

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